Statue vandalised

A VANDAL attacked the Cook Statue in the reserve at the Customhouse Street end of Awapuni Road with the words “This is our land” and “Thief Pakeha” scrawled on the globe the statue is mounted on.

Gisborne District Council director for liveable communities Andrew White said contractors removed the graffiti as soon as it was reported early this morning.

“We will investigate security footage from the area to pass on to police,” he said.

The Gisborne Herald will not publish photos of the vandalism because this gives unnecessary attention to the offenders.

A VANDAL attacked the Cook Statue in the reserve at the Customhouse Street end of Awapuni Road with the words “This is our land” and “Thief Pakeha” scrawled on the globe the statue is mounted on.

Gisborne District Council director for liveable communities Andrew White said contractors removed the graffiti as soon as it was reported early this morning.

“We will investigate security footage from the area to pass on to police,” he said.

The Gisborne Herald will not publish photos of the vandalism because this gives unnecessary attention to the offenders.

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Anthony, Auckland - 11 days ago
Perhaps we can have Meng Foon provide some comment on the vandalism of the James Cook statue. That will tell us early on if we now have another professional axe grinder, like Susan Devoy was, feeding the culture of outrage versus a robust discourse on our history. Or, will we have an RRC who is going to hold all communities to account for promoting race relations in this country. Race relations is a two-way street.

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